Gutierrez optimistic luck will change

By on Monday, April 11, 2016
Haas F1 Team

Haas F1 Team

Esteban Gutierrez is confident that his luck will change and he will be able to join Haas team-mate Romain Grosjean in scoring points, following a challenging start to 2016.

Gutierrez, who finished in the top 10 only once during a two-year spell with Sauber, was hit by Fernando Alonso in Australia and retired from a points-paying position in Bahrain due to a brake problem.

Grosjean has consequently scored all of Haas' 18 points but Gutierrez is sure that he will soon be able to contribute to the tally.

"I have the feeling that good times are just around the corner for us to get underway with scoring points consistently," he said ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix.

"We’ve had a good pace and a good car at two different tracks. I’m just going to keep preparing, keep pushing and keep fighting the same way because soon, the results will be there."

Gutierrez reckons Haas has exceeded expectations and that the upcoming event in China will provide an indication of how the team will fare across the remainder of the year.

"It is true that we have surprised many people," he explained. "It’s a situation that probably we didn’t expect – to be that good.

"We still need to manage our expectations because our car at the moment has reacted pretty well in Melbourne and in Bahrain, but we need to learn how it will react now in China.

"I think China will give us a good indication of how the season will be, and also the fact that all the other teams are pushing really hard to develop their car during the season.

"And as the season advances, it will get more and more competitive, so we need to be ready for that."

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